hand, heart, draw-4752642.jpg

Out of options? Write a paragraph.

It all started with a paragraph in a Christmas letter.

A pastor in Serbia sent a simple request to his friends, including Paraclete associates Doug and Jan Hamm. An 8-year-old boy, Nikola, and his grandparents didn’t have heat in their home to get through the winter. The boys’ parents had died. The grandparents had lost their jobs and they couldn’t pay the electric bill.  And could someone help?

The Hamms let their supporters in the States know of the request. Within two weeks, $1,000 had come in to help.

“They’re like all of us,” Doug Hamm said. “They just have a need to know that somebody in this world knows about them and cares about them. We need that human connection.”

This family is from a particular small town that few outsiders ever visit.

“It’s not on the way to anywhere,” Doug Hamm said. “To go there, you really want to go there.”

And the Hamms do. While the Hamms are now based out of the Omaha, Neb. area, they travel two or three times a year to encourage pastors and friends in Serbia. The Hamms have decades’ worth of connection with these communities. They lived there for 23 years, mentored and grew a national team of ministry leaders and workers for another organization. They also became friends with many pastors who sacrificially serve small, underresourced churches without pay.

Some of those years—especially the “war years” of the 1990s—the rest of the world believed a different story about Serbs.

“The Serbs were always the bad guy,” Hamm said. “They were always the terrorists, the killers.”

And so, in ministry newsletters back to the States, paragraph by paragraph, the Hamms did what they could to set the record straight.

“We would try to put a human face to them in our prayer letters,” Hamm said. “And we lost some support because of that.”

Working in the midst of tensions is pretty normal for Protestant pastors in Serbia. Some pastors started churches when the government was still communist. Some communities have lost trust with Eastern Orthodox priests who have misused their power to require donations and submission to their authority. And that distrust carries into other Christian circles. Some families ostracize anyone who leaves traditional faith systems for Protestant Christianity. As a result, pastors’ flocks are small but have many needs.

And yet, pastors “seem to be fearless to go where there is no church,” Hamm said.

When the Hamms visit these pastors, they sometimes lead a retreat for them, encouraging moments of rest and recuperation. They’ve assisted friends who need professional counseling.

But mostly, “we’ve done a lot of listening,” Doug Hamm said.

Not all of the results of the Hamms’ ministry are tangible. But in the case of the boy and his grandparents, the money was enough to restore the family’s electricity and pay for food and wood for winter heat.

In her own thank you paragraph this time, the grandmother shared what it really meant to them.

“Because of unemployment, we went a very long time without any kind of paycheck and had to go deep into debt,” the grandparent wrote back. “For three months we were without electricity. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your help. We paid our electric bill with your gift and had enough left over to buy some groceries and wood for heating. Thank you. Your gift has allowed us to return to a little bit of normal life.”









Share this post

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Our Mission

To come alongside Christian leaders around the world.


  • We operate in alignment with our vision and values.
  • We serve as catalysts, without personal or institutional agendas.
  • We stay only as long as needed and welcome.
  • We view all our work as spiritual activity with eternal significance.
  • We promote effective and Godly stewardship of resources as a model for business and ministry.
  • We practice the accountability of planning and evaluating our work, and teach others to do the same.

Financial Information

Our Financial Statements have been audited annually since 2013 by an independent national accounting firm. Paraclete is registered or exempt from charitable solicitation registrations in all states that require it.

2022 Financial Summary

Other Revenue
Total Revenue
Total Expenses

Donor Privacy Policy

Paraclete Mission Group is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We provide this Donor Privacy Policy to inform you of the way we protect and use your information.

Information We Collect

  • Here are the types of donor information that we collect and maintain:
    Your contact information: name, organization/church, address, phone number, email address;
  • Your preference for which ministry your donation will be applied;
  • Your payment information: credit card and/or bank account information;
  • Information you choose to share with us: questions, comments, suggestions, how you learned of Paraclete, and;
  • Your communication preferences; e.g., to individuals who request it, we will send periodic mailings related to specific fund-raising appeals, prayer concerns, and newsletters.

How We Use Your Information

Paraclete Mission Group uses your information to help you complete a donation, communicate back to you, and update you on ministry activity and results. We use credit card numbers only for donation or payment processing.

How We Protect Your Information

We use industry standard safeguards to protect your information. We protect the security of credit card transactions using a number of measures such as encryption, access controls, network firewalls and physical security. Card numbers are never stored on our premises in any physical or electronic form. These measures make it extremely difficult for anyone to intercept the credit card information you send to us. When we work with other companies to process credit card transactions, those companies also use encryption and other security measures.

We Do Not Share Your Personal Information

Paraclete Mission Group will not sell, rent, trade or lease your personal information to other organizations. We hold the identity of donors confidentially. We will use your information only to further the ministry purposes of Paraclete Mission Group. We will not send you mailings on behalf of another organization.


Personal Information

Where you have provided your consent to us processing your personal data, you may withdraw this consent at any time. In addition, the Global Data Protection Regulations gives you the right, under certain circumstances:

  • to request in writing and securely obtain copies of the personal information we hold about you;
  • to correct or update your personal information held by us;
  • to request us to stop using your personal information for marketing purposes or for any other purpose where there is no legal requirement for continued processing;
  •  to object to profiling activities based on our legitimate interest;
  •  to request to have all personal data deleted (in the EEA only). To exercise any of these rights please contact privacy@paraclete.net .

Please tell Paraclete Mission Group as soon as any of your contact details change so that records can be kept up to date.

We will take reasonable steps to correct any of your information, which is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date.

Removing Your Name From Our Mailing List

We will honor your desire not to receive mail from us if that is your preference. Please contact us if you wish to be removed from our mailing list. Donors with an online account with Paraclete Mission Group can establish and change their communication preferences, print receipts, make one-time donations and set up recurring automatic donations. If you choose not to have an online account you have the same degree of control when you call or write to tell us of your preferences.

Contacting Us

If you have comments or questions about our donor privacy policy, please send us an email at info@paraclete.net or call us at (719) 302-2500.


Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

equal opportunity employment

It is the policy of Paraclete Mission Group not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission and access to, or treatment or employment in its program or activities. As a religious institution, Paraclete is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees or prospective employees on the basis of religion.